THE YORKSHIRE ambulance service (YAS) are reminding people to stay safe over the August bank holiday weekend.

999 calls around bank holidays usually increase and during the same long weekend last year, YAS responded to nearly 7,800 incidents.

Stephen Segasby, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: "More of us tend to be out and about over the bank holiday weekend and this can lead to more people needing medical attention.

"We often see an increase in alcohol-fuelled incidents too, and whilst we don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment, we are asking people to keep themselves and others safe."

"We certainly don't want to discourage anyone from calling 999 in a genuine emergency, but we are asking them to consider whether an ambulance is the most appropriate service for their needs."